Devon Olsen wrote:awesome info JD, i aprreciate it greatly!
if you don't mind sharing, feel free to post/PM the case price if you do find out, either way thanks for the info thus far:)
Lori Evans wrote:I have a hard time seeing how all that meat could be sustainably met by a permaculture farm. Honestly, I don't think it could be done. I'm interested in hearing anyone with animal experience answer that portion.
Lori Evans wrote:Thank you. It sounds better with the numbers in there. All I could think of when reading the pounds of meat consumed was a rack'em stack'em system to meet the demand. It would take a large amount of animals, but not as many as I had first assumed.
I would like to think that we could put this system into operation when we get more property, but I get attached to animals too easily. Perhaps that would change once on a farm.
J.D. Ray wrote:
I've read elsewhere on this forum that pigs can be raised sustainably at a density of about 10 per acre. If a sow produces 20 feeders per year in a farrow-to-finish operation, the finished hogs have a butcher weight of 160 pounds, and the hanging, pasture-fed, organically raised hogs are sold for $2.00 per pound, then an income of around $6000/yr/sow can be had if all the food and labor is provided by the farm. So, if the density figure is correct, then one sow with two acres can provide an income of $6000. If a direct scale can be used, then a 20 acre farm could provide an income of $60,000 annually.